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18,000 posts up for grabs in 2010 polls—Comelec

Posted on: November 9, 2009

18,000 posts up for grabs in 2010 polls—Comelec
November 06, 2009 20:16:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—There will be about 17,943 national and local positions to be filled in the 2010 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said voters, especially the youth, should be ready to wisely elect their candidates from the president down to municipal councilor posts.

For the national positions, one position is allotted each for president and vice-president, and 12 seats for senators, since the other half of the 24 senate seats will “man the forest” and have a term until 2013, said Jimenez.

There would be 222 seats up for grabs at the House of Representatives, with an additional 55—or 20 percent of the total seats—allocated for party-list groups that represent the marginalized sector, said Jimenez.

The 222 legislative districts per region are as follows: Metro Manila, 30 districts; Cordillera Administrative Region, 7; Ilocos Region, 12; Cagayan Valley, 10; Central Luzon, 22; Calabarzon, 19, Mimaropa, 17; Bicol Region, 14; Western Visayas, 18; Central Visayas, 15; Eastern Visayas, 12; Zamboanga Peninsula, 9; Northern Mindanao, 12; Davao Region, 11; Soccksargen, 7; Caraga, 9; and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 8.

There would be 80 seats each for governor and vice governors, and 762 seats for provincial board members in the country’s 80 provinces, added Jimenez.

A total of 120 seats are also available each for city mayors and vice-mayors and 1,346 city councilors or members of the Sannguninang Panlungsod. About 1,514 seats each for municipal mayors and vice mayors, and 12,116 municipal councilors or members of the Sangguninang Bayan would be voted for, he added.

Candidates can file their certificate of candidacy (CoC) from November 20 to 30 including holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight of December 1, said Jimenez.

The Comelec’s law department in Intramuros, Manila will receive the CoCs for national positions; the National Capital Region regional election director’s office and office of the provincial election supervisor will receive the CoCs for the House of Representatives for legislative districts in Manila and other provinces, respectively; and the city and municipal election office will receive CoCs for local positions, said Jimenez.

For next year, Comelec will also group its 342,075 established precincts to 80,000 clustered precincts that will use precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to automate the voting, counting, electronic transmission and consolidation of votes from polling stations to Comelec servers, added the official.

The poll body is targeting to have between 46 million to 47 million registered voters for the elections, after the Election Regulatory Board approved 45,638,243 voters in the July 20 hearing.

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